Many people want to own a flying car. The idea is not really new at all, since the XX. Even at the beginning of the 20th century, this issue preoccupied many people. As early as 1923, designs for such vehicles appeared, although no one at the time predicted that flying cars would once reach the celestial highways.
Henry Ford also warned that airplane and car hybrids could even become a reality by 1940, but despite more and more promises and prototypes, flying cars did not become available to a wide range of consumers.
Events in this area were revived when the Slovak company AeroMobil unveiled a new prototype flying car, the AeroMobil 3.0, at the Vienna Pioneers Festival last year. In a promo video, we can witness for ourselves how, at the touch of a button, a futuristic-looking roadster easily transforms into an airplane that rises into the sky leaving the grass runway. Last year, AeroMobil was still cautious, promising nothing to get the product to market, admitting there was still work to be done. Now, however, the company has made an ambitious announcement that the prototype will be in series within two years.
Given that we have already come across similar announcements over the past decades, people have a right to doubt about the project. But Juraj Vaculik, co-founder and CEO of AeroMobil, is confident that the goal can be achieved, and even talks about a second model. According to him, AeroMobil will be the first commercially available model.
It is planned that the two-seater will be able to reach 160 km / h as a car and 200 km / h in the air. It will run on gasoline instead of kerosene so it can be refueled at any gas station. It is small enough in size to fit easily in any garage or parking garage, so there will be no need for a hangar. What’s more, you’ll be able to land in a small area, so no additional airports will be needed. Vaculik is already thinking that highways could be supplemented with an extra lane where flying cars could travel, take off and take off.
A big task still awaits AeroMobil. First, it needs to find enough resources to start mass production, although Vaculik also relies on EU subsidies. If you have that, the big question is still there, how will the authorities deal with the flying car? One of the biggest technical questions is how the car will be light enough to rise into the air and at the same time rugged enough to pass standard crash tests on cars.